Career resources for students with disabilities
Things to think about
As a student with a disability, there are important factors for you to consider as you search for employment or apply to graduate school. Here are some resources to guide your career:
- Searchable Online Accommodation Resource (SOAR) website
- Americans with Disabilities Act website
- Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) website
Job and internship search resources
- Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities - This website helps college students and recent graduates with disabilities have the tools and knowledge for a successful career. Read more on the Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities website.
- Minnesota Vocational Rehabilitation Services - This website helps people with disabilities prepare for, find, and keep a job. Read more on the Minnesota Vocational Rehabilitation Services website.
- DO-IT Career Preparation Resources - This website provides information, resources, and practices to increase access to careers for individuals with disabilities. Read more on the DO-IT Career Preparation Resources website.
Connect with professionals and peers
Networking with professionals or other students in your field of interest can be a great way to get career advice. Below are a few ways you can make connections.
- Ask family, friends, advisors, community leaders, or instructors if they know any professionals you can talk to for advice on your career plans.
- Get involved with a mentor programs. Learn more on the Partners for Youth with Disabilities website.
- Get involved in student groups on campus. Learn more about student-run organizations for students with disabilities and allies on the Disabled Student Cultural Center website and Active Minds website. Visit the CSE student groups web page for a full list.
- Attend meetings or special events of professional associations. Here are some examples of website resources:
- Join LinkedIn groups such as the "Minority Professional Network" and create an account on the LinkedIn website.
- Attend career fairs, employer information sessions, networking events, and career panels. Find upcoming events on GoldPASS website.
Your legal rights
- To learn what constitutes an illegal interview question and how to handle the situation, read the “Handling Improper Interview Question” page on the Middlebury website.
- If you experience discrimination once you are in a job, check out tips and information about employment discrimination on the FindLaw website.
- You can also find resources on the Minnesota Disability Law Center website or find national legal rights resources on the Job Accommodation Network website.